MTA Heroes helped evacuate passengers from Queens station during fire

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
MTA Heroes help passengers when fire breaks out in Queens station
EMBED <>More Videos

A station cleaner and traffic checker helped evacuate passengers to safety when a fire broke out inside a Queens subway station.

NEW YORK CITY -- This week's MTA Heroes are being honored for their quick thinking in a challenging situation.

Station cleaner Gary Mullings and traffic checker Ophadell Williams were working at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue station in Queens when they spotted smoke coming from a utility room on the platform.

They worked together to evacuate passengers from the station, remaining calm throughout.

It happened on the morning of April 5.

The FDNY and NYPD are currently investigating the fire incident.

The MTA said, "We are grateful to Gary and Ophadell for an excellent job in assisting our customers without hesitation or incident and getting them out of harm's way."

ALSO READ | Newark school children get free books through Disney's 'Magic of Storytelling'


* More Queens news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube